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Digital Distraction or Just Another Form Of Parenting Shaming?

I had a wonderful childhood! Obviously I grew up in a time before smartphones. So as you could imagine being a child in a  pre-tech-obsessed time my parents gave me their absolute undivided attention at all time. They didn’t have smart phones to distract themselves from enjoying every blissful moment…

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Stop Trying To Make Christmas Magical With Presents

Maybe I’m the only one feeling this right now - but I feel it every year. I simultaneously feel like I’ve overdone the Christmas presents while also not having done enough. I feel like I’ve gone too far, I’ve spent too much, they don’t need so much *stuff*. They just…

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I’m A Good Mum (And that’s okay!)

I was having a bit of a brag this morning about how good my kids are. And they are. I’m entirely biased, but I’ve also been told a few times in the last couple of weeks by various people (friends, one of my kid’s classroom teacher, their after school care…

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5 Horror Movies I Should Never Have Watched

Last night I had a nightmare about the Stephen King "It" movie that is coming out soon. I haven't even seen the original movie, but all the advertising and hype around this movie has given me the creeps. Yep, I'm so soft and easily frightened that I can get nightmares…

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A trip to the supermarket isn’t a holiday

I get the “joke” here. I totally understand the feeling of being so bound to your babies and role as their mother that any time out, even if it’s just a half hour trip to the supermarket can feel like a holiday. But I feel like I need to say it:…

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The True Cost Of Being A Stay At Home Mum

When my son was born I felt my lost income pretty quickly. I’d worked in childcare up until three weeks before my due date. After squirreling money away in preparation for taking time off work with him it was pretty painful watching that bank account flip into reverse and slowly drain…

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Trust Your Instincts – Even If You’re Wrong

When my daughter was ten months old, after a particularly restless night with her awake every hour, I stood in my kitchen like a zombie preparing my three year old son’s breakfast. He had also woken up a couple of times that night. I was wrecked. My daughter was sitting…

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The Problem With Participation Ribbons

Anger, disappointment, rejection, jealousy, embarrassment, the whole range of negative emotions are all are perfectly normal part of life. And we need these things. Life is light and shade. We wouldn’t have any context for happiness if we were never sad.

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Why our family is leaving Australia

I’ve written before about how my adverse childhood experiences have made me the person I am, the mother I am. Mothering in a foreign country, similar to my own but far from my origins, has been challenging in practical and financial ways.

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Conflicting Advice New Parents Need To Hear

As a new parent conflicting advice can be a bit overwhelming. It can start from the hospital - ever shift change a different midwife comes in with a different opinion about how exactly you should be doing everything. Especially if the advice people are giving you goes against your own…

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When Mothers Regret Motherhood

The Project recently aired a segment about mothers regretting becoming mums. Which has naturally a divisive topic. But I think it’s an important topic to allow people to talk about. 

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Lifting Cars And Other Stories Of Parental Strength

Lifting Cars and Other Stories Of Parental Strength *UPDATE* She’s had a good couple of weeks, and we have an appointment later in the month, so hopefully we’re moving forward with this.   We’ve all heard the stories of parents in a moment of crisis being able to use seemingly…

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9 Awesome Mother’s Day Gifts For Under $20 From Kmart

Mother’s Day Gifts For Under $20 From Kmart Mother’s Day is right around the corner and if you’re looking for some simple Mother’s Day Gifts that won’t break the bank then I’d suggest heading to Kmart. I really think that with Mothers Day gifts it’s the thought that counts. Even…

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All I Want For Mother’s Day 2017

As Mother’s Day approaches I’ve been looking around trying to come up with some ideas for when my children (or really - my partner) ask me what I want the kids (him) to get me for Mother’s Day 2017.

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Christmas Day Away From Extended Family

If I could do anything for Christmas this year (or every year for that matter) it would be load the family up on a plane and fly to the Gold Coast to spend the holidays with my Grandma, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. But unfortunately four return flights at that time…

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IKEA Christmas Guide – Gifts For the Whole Family

Christmas and Ikea are two of my favourite things, so naturally combining the two is simply magical to me. This year I set myself a challenge - that I can find something for EVERYONE at Ikea (or at the very least every age group. If there's absolutely nothing that appears…

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Gifts For Teachers

As the end of the year approaches we all start to ask that particularly painful question. “What are good gifts for teachers?” It’s a hard one! Because while we adore, admire, and appreciate the people who dedicated the year to teaching our children

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My Kids Don’t Have To Hug You And That’s Okay

I don’t let anyone touch, hug, kiss, hold, pick up or tickle my children if my child indicates they don’t want them to. They don’t even need to say “no”; we have more of a “Yes means yes” policy.

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Parents with Prams Parking

So, I’m basically the worst kind of person. I’ve done a terrible thing. I parked in the PARENTS WITH PRAMS parking and then put my toddler in a shopping trolley. I didn’t even have a pram in the car that day! When I returned from grocery shopping I found this…

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Learning to Accept Help

I find it hard to accept help. I’ve never been very good at it. I am a proud person and hate feeling “needy”. I am the eldest of 6 kids and learned fairly early that I needed to be independent and self sufficient;

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7 Attachment Parenting Myths

There is a lot of myths and misunderstandings about what Attachment Parenting is and how it works - usually from people who haven't really looked into what Attachment Parenting is or how it works.

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Breaking Down the Attachment Parenting Baby Bs

I’ve heard people say things like “I basically do attachment parenting, except I don’t breastfeed” or “I like the idea of Attachment Parenting, but I don’t feel comfortable with bed sharing”. That’s could still Attachment Parenting!

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My Super Nanny : A Perfect Match

When it comes to finding the right nanny for your family it’s essential to find someone who is a good match for your families needs, values and expectations. In my experience as a nanny that compatibility was the most important aspect of any job. It is an incredibly intimate working…

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The Self Fulfilling Prophecy Of The Useless Father

Is your newsfeed constantly flooded with “jokes” about how fathers need to be micromanaged to care for their own children? Or how men generally incapable of parenting, housework and keeping themselves alive? That men are irresponsible and essentially additional children?

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Being A Stay At Home Mum

Being a stay at home mum comes with both its blessings and its challenges. The things I did not realise before becoming one was that not all SAHM’s are like the ones we see on TV. All mothers make choices which cost them in different ways, this is my story…

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Parents – You’re Doing Great

To all the parents out there, You're doing great! It does not matter how you came to be parents, all that matters is that you are.

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Awkward Responses to Unsolicited Parenting Advice

Witty, well thought out responses to unsolicited parenting advice are all well and good - if you have the alertness and sassy personality to pull it off. I do not.

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To My Dear Deprived Second Child

You recently asked me for a photo album containing pictures of yourself for your birthday, because you’ve become increasingly aware of the fact that there are multiple albums and picture frames dedicated to your brother - and not one hard-copy photograph of you.

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Reasons I cry

I never used to be a teary person. I might get a little lump in my throat watching a particularly touching movie, but I never used to cry much - unless something was really actually wrong - and definitely NOT ever “It’s so beautiful” crying. Nope. Not me.

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Mediocre Parenting Is Actually Pretty Good

Today I’d like to give a big shout out to Mediocre Parenting or “Good enough” parenting. If you’re a regular reader of my posts you'll already know I’m often supporting parents just doing whatever they think is best. Or the best they can at the time.

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Common Misunderstandings About Local Adoption

There have been times when it has taken every ounce of my being to not slap some people, in the face for the things they have dared to ask us – but I am pleased to say that up until the point of writing this, I have been able to…

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Inviting Parents To A Child-free Wedding

This topic is almost as divisive as breastfeeding vs bottle feeding, cloth vs disposables and cosleeping vs cot-in-another-room-from-birth, all rolled into one. Is it okay to invite parents to a child-free wedding?

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Father’s Day And Inclusive Language

A friend has been told by another parent that it was inappropriate of her to have invited her daughter's grandfather to the kindy's Father's Day BBQ.

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Things I Suck At As A Parent

There’s lots of things I’m good at as a parent - there’s some things I’d even say I’m great at. I’m a pretty good mum. I'd like to think I can be a fun mum, I'm a patient mum, I'm an affectionate mum... but there's still a lot that I…

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Future Me’s Problem

I like to think of some healthy and interesting food to give my son, as we all do. I get all ‘Jamie Oliver’ on the recipes at the start, and forget about ‘future Kelly’ (I am Kelly, by the way….just to clarify and not get you confused halfway through this…

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Why I Use Positive Discipline Instead Of Smacking

For me the biggest reason for me is the simplest – I wasn’t smacked as a child. It wasn’t something I was brought up with. We were disciplined, without a doubt. Though most of our discipline revolved around taking responsibility for our actions.

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THE LETTER ‘C’ IS NASTY (Croup and Conjunctivitis)

It’s seems to me that when the alphabet was invented, the letter ‘C’ had the job of starting all the crappy words. I never liked the letter ‘C’ anyway.Obviously, there are two words that are an exception to this rule…..COFFEE and CHOCOLATE.

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How to Always Be Running Late

Running late is something I feel I’m pretty qualified to give advice on. It’s something I’m skilled at, I have plenty of experience, I really know how to make this happen. So I thought I’d share some advice on how you too can be running late everywhere you go.

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All it takes to make a family

Some days my heart is just so full of love I feel it actually might burst. When I was presented with the challenge of facing a life without children, one of the biggest questions I had to ask myself was, what am I going to do with all of this…

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Oh, Shut Up and Let Me Use My Phone!

We were driving through the beautiful countryside yesterday and my husband said, “Hey Kate, stop looking at your phone and look at the scenery.” I was in the worst mood ever (we were joking about it) and I said, “Oh would you shut up and let me look at my…

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The Special One

Grand slam tennis champion, Andy Murray’s mum tweeted a photo of him with the description “ The Special One with My Special One.” Which is lovely but her other son, Jamie Murray, who is also a tennis player, was the first to respond to tweet.

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Parenting Labels

Full disclosure - I do actually like parenting labels. Which I know sounds really terrible, because labelling people is supposed to be a bad thing - but I really do think labels have a time and a place.

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Poop stories

I never planned to be “one of those mums” - those mums who tell poop stories. Come on. Really? Who talks about poop? Turns out - I talk about poop.

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Taking My Own Advice

I am a behaviour management expert. Yes that’s right, I said an expert in my field! I have been working with challenging children for the good part of 14 years. I have been giving advice to desperate parents on how to meet the needs of their challenging children, providing them…

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Just Leave Me Alone! (I’m All Touched out)

I try to be nice. I try to be patient. I try to be calm. I try be understanding. I try. Most of the time.

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Please Don’t Assume My Kids Love Dogs

I like dogs, I really do. My kids like dogs too, but only when the dog is on a lead, is close to their owner and isn’t acting like a lunatic.

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10 Ways To Relax When You’re a Parent

It can be so hard to relax, and find any kind of inner - or outer - peace with out busy lives and with children around. It can feel almost impossible to get the time out we need to really recharge and revive ourselves. So I've come up with a…

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Hide and Seek = Nap and Clean

When we’re all getting a little frazzled, when the kids are alternating between tearing apart the house and tearing apart each other. When the kids are bored, we’re drowning in mess, and I’m just too tired to deal with entertaining the kids while also somehow pulling my house together and…

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Are You Having Another Baby?

I have this routine down. It’s very well rehearsed. I know how to answer this question in a way that shuts down the conversation, because it’s a conversation that hurts to talk about. The questions that go something like: “Are you having another baby?”

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Holes In Our Lives

A friend once said to me that she wished I had been her mother. Watching me parent made clear to her what she had been bereft of as a child. Honestly I think is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me.

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Destination Parenthood

Parenthood. The name has so many meanings – and means something different for each and every one of us. It is a difficult, rewarding and an amazing experience, often all at the same time. Life however is not unfulfilling if you do not have kids.

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Big Little Kids

It's amazing how kids can be so little and so big at the same time. My three year old daughter still needs me so intensely, but in other ways she's a big independent child.

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I’m better at Parenting than I am at Adulting

Last night was cold. Like, seriously cold. And our “Lets save money and not turn on the central heating” resolve was broken. My partner left for work first thing in the morning and won’t be getting home until after dark, so the task of turning on the gas heating was…

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Things I Swore I’d Never Do As A Mum

Before I actually had kids I had all sorts of ideas about the type of mum I wanted to be. I wasn’t going to let having kids change my life, or change the type of person I was, and my kids were going to be well behaved, well dressed and…

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5 Things Mums Should Never Feel Guilty about. EVER.

As mums, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to guilt. We can feel guilty about how we feed our children, how we get them to to sleep, how much TV they watch and how much quality time we spend with them. I don't think guilt is always such…

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My Kids Are The Centre Of The Universe… for now…

Understandably, nobody wants their child to grow up into a spoiled, ego-centric adult. But, is purposely teaching kids that they are NOT the center of the universe, the right way to do it?

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Dear Me. You Are Not A Craft Mum. LET IT GO.

There are a few things in parenthood that I hate doing. Because I'm no good at them. I just go along with what's expected of me, dreading the whole thing. And of course, whatever it is turns out badly. Because of my bad attitude. So, I'm ready to call it…

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Talking to Toddlers

Polite, respectful and friendly. These words are what come to mind when I think about talking to toddlers. I have on many occasions been witness to a number of family and friends speaking to my 3 year old and my 9 month old in a way that makes me cringe.

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My Dollar Value as a Stay At Home Parent

This is in no way whatsoever a "stay at home parent vs working parent" thing. I’m also not going to talk about what I do all day and how important that is - if you’re a parent, or you’ve met parents, or you have a parent, you probably have a…

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An Incomplete person – I’m a Tired Mum

I’m tired. Not I-just-need-a-nap tired. Or If-I-had-one-good-night-sleep-I’d-feel-better tired. Or even I-had-a-particularly-bad-sleep-last-night tired. I’m I-don’t-know-who-I-am-without-being-tired tired. That tired.

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Gosh Darn Kids These Days

“We live in a decaying age. Young people no longer respect their parents. They are rude and impatient. They frequently inhabit taverns and have no self control.” – Inscription, 6000 year old Egyptian tomb Gosh darn kids these days!

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Religious Education in Public Schools

I was raised as a Christian, at different stages of my life I attended church or Sunday school with my family and up until moving out of home I said grace every evening before we ate dinner. I did Christian Education in primary school, and for my childhood and most…

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A Shot of Reason – Vaccination debate

I’m noticing a lot of talk about vaccination lately. I’m pretty sure it’s due to it’s due to the measles outbreak in the USA that originated in the Disneyland theme park in California. I’ve seen other bloggers posting impassioned pleas for parents on “both sides of the debate” to be…

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The Working Mum’s Thesaurus

Average. Mediocre. Ordinary. All words to describe myself as a child. I always did ok at school, and at everything else I put my hand to, but I never really excelled at anything. I worked hard, I did what was required of me, but nothing in particular came naturally to…

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I think I’m Done Having Babies

I’m always jealous when someone says with absolute certainty that they are completely done having babies, that they know with all that they are that their family is complete and they have no deeply buried yearning to do it all over again, to be pregnant, to give birth, to hold…

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7 Tips for Driving Interstate With Kids (plus night vs day driving)

We recently drove from Melbourne to Sydney (and back!) with our two children, aged 2.5 and 6 years old. It's a very long drive and not one I'd want to repeat any time soon, but overall it wasn't a bad experience, but driving interstate with kids is still hard work…

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Alcohol and breastfeeding

It’s that time of year again. A time for getting together, celebrating and having barbeques on barmy summer nights; for some people that means enjoying a glass of wine or an ice cold beer alongside good food and good company. But what does this mean for you if you’re currently…

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Biscuit “Gingerbread” House

I had a plan. It was a pretty good plan. We were going to do some pre-Christmas getting-into-the-spirit-of-things baking. It was going to be FUN. It was also going to look awesome. I was basically going to win parenting. Those plans always go well don’t they?

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30 Non Toy Gift Ideas

It’s easy to flip through a catalogue or stroll down the toy isle and find hundreds of toys to buy for kids for Christmas. But if your household is like mine, and you already often feel like you’re drowning in toys, perhaps leaning towards non-toy stocking fillers this Christmas might…

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9 things I REALLY want for Christmas

A Good Night’s Sleep. I’ve been moderately to severely sleep deprived for about 5 and half of the last 6 years, there have been a couple of brief patches of reasonable sleep in that time. So, I’m not holding my breath to get it any time soon, but I’d love…

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“I Support Formula Feeding If…”

Something has been on my mind for a while and it’s something that, as a woman, a mother and as a person who has a pair of breasts, is very important to me. Saying “I support formula feeding IF” is just as bad as saying “I support breastfeeding BUT”. I…

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Choosing an Ergobaby Carrier

On Saturday I was at the Pregnancy, Baby and Children’s Expo with my family and I happened to walk past the Ergobaby stand while wearing my 2.5 year old daughter on my back in my own Ergobaby carrier. One of the women running the stand initiated a conversation with me…

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Not Just A Donor

I have two children, the eldest has an absent father and the younger is donor conceived. Donors are amazing people – our donor gave us Sylvie, my daughter’s much longed for little sister.

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R U OK?

Today – and any day – is a good day to ask people that simple question; “R U OK” You might start a conversation that could change someone's life. According to Beyond Blue in Australia: 1 in 6 people will experience depression at some stage in their lives. 1 in…

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What Do I Do All Day?

This moment on Futurama summarised how I feel about what I do all day - especially since being a "Stay at home Mum" for the last 3 years. Most of the time what I do goes unnoticed, not because nobody cares but because it’s just what must be done. Nappies…

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Resumes for Parents Returning to Work

Returning to work can be both an exciting and daunting experience, especially writing resumes for parents returning to work. For many parents, ‘self-confidence’ is holding you back and keeping you from applying for those part-time positions. Well we’re here to help! It’s only natural to feel intimidated and nervous about…

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Breastfeeding Battles

Online society in particular has this thing where you have to be pro or con on the breastfeeding stance (this is how it comes across, I am not at all saying breast feeding mothers are exclusively bottle feeding haters and anti formula Nazis) I have felt more shame feeding my…

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Proudly Raising Dependent Children

I’m raising dependent children. No, that’s not a typo. I know that independent children is supposed to be the thing that parents want to achieve, but it’s really the last thing I want to do. Like, literally the last thing I do as a parent will be when my child…

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Nurse and Mother

April Abbott is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience in her field who has effectively been forced out of the hospital system in order to meet the needs of her family. Recently the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling compiled research showing that some mothers are earning as little…

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Locked Out

Panicking doesn’t solve anything Pretty obvious, right? But it’s easier said than done the moment the door clicked behind me when I realised I had left my hand bag inside. I gathered up the nappy bag, pram, buckled in my toddler and strolled out the door – off to collect…

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The Most Bittersweet Day Of The Year

Mother’s Day. For many, a day of sleep-ins, breakfast in bed, new slippers and handmade cards. For some, it also serves as a reminder of one of the most significant losses we can experience. For me, it is both of these things. My mother passed away on May 28th, 2008,…

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Mother’s Day For Mum and Me

Mothers day, it's almost upon us again. The chance for shops to spruke things that mums 'want'. Those fluffy dressing gowns, the heated slippers, the foot baths, fizzy bath bombs, smelly soaps and the latest romantic novels. But to me, mothers day has always been about making my mum breakfast,…

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Overdue for a Pap Test

t’s been a few days since my last Pap test, so I’m feeling very proud of myself (my doctor even gave me a Jelly Bean, so pats on the back for me!) The one prior – and only other papsmear I’ve ever had – was 5 years ago. Whoops. Better…

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Mother’s Day On A Budget

Mother’s day is back! This day always sneaks up on me, as most years I consider myself the mother, and I forget about my own mother for Mother’s Day (sorry mum!) So with a few days to go, I’ve compiled a list of cheap and cheerful ways to say “Hey…

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A Bit of DIY

I love a bit of DIY. It my surprise people after confessing to being a pram enthusiast, but I really am a very thrifty person! (How else do you think I’m able to fund my prams, got to save every penny!) More honestly though I dislike spending money on myself,…

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Bad Day

Ever have one of those days where you want to run away from home, or hide in the bathroom with a never ending bar of chocolate? I am having more and more days like that. I tripped over my toddler last night while holding my dinner. A full bowl of…

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Breastfeeding is not a Piece of Cake

Breastfeeding is not a piece of cake, but there are similarities. The year my daughter turned two it took me three days to construct her birthday cake. It was a beautiful white chocolate mud cake with a fondant farm yard, inspired by something I saw by Martha Stewart. It didn’t…

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(Little) Guys and Dolls

My friend phoned me and was understandably upset about a situation that had just happened to her and her son. She’d taken her daughter to school, bringing her 2 year old boy along. He was playing with a Barbie doll when they left, so Barbie came along for the ride.…

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My Challenging Toddler

There’s so many polite euphemisms I’ve used to describe my daughter: “Challenging”, “Strong Willed” “Determined” and “Intense” (by which I mean “difficult” “combative” “stubborn” and “throws tantrums… a lot”) She’s always been like this, since she was a brand new baby, I’ve been shocked by how intense she can be.…

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Wanting a Pet

Today we visited Masters Homewares and they were having some celebration, out the front was a petting zoo and I won’t lie, I was more excited than the children were about the prospect of patting a bunch of sweet, fluffy animals! I love animals, growing up I always had several…

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You Are Not The Voices In Your Head

My kids were bouncing around on the bed tonight, singing ‘Ring Around the Rosie‘. I told Margo (the older one) to stop (for the eighteen millionth time) because the little one is still a toddler and clumsy on her feet. Margo didn’t really listen and I didn’t really have the…

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Dealing With Croup

My 2 boys (ages 2 and 4) have had croup more than 5 times between them and every single time it's turned everything upside down. My last experience start last Sunday (16th March), and I thought I would share this story to help parents want to know when dealing with…

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Good Parents Do

I saw a quote pop up in my Facebook feed, a familiar quote, I’ve seen it many times before. It reads: "Good mums have sticky floors, dirty ovens and happy kids!" And the response is almost always the same. A collection of mums commenting things like “so true!” “thanks, I…

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Late Shift

I’m working the late shift this week and by that I mean, my partner is working late. I feel for him, I really do, most day's he's leaving early and he’s getting in late, he’s often getting home tired, hungry and frustrated. But as bad as I feel for him,…

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First Kiss Video

The first time I saw the "First Kiss" video, I did get caught up in this sweet and oddly familiar scene, despite it being a bizarre set up of 20 "strangers" asked to kiss for the camera, but I think we can all relate to that "first kiss" awkwardness, building…

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What’s My Excuse

I really don’t know what to make of Maria Kang. On the one hand, I do like her overall message, I’ve spent some time over the last couple of days reading through her websites, looking at what she’s said in media responses and interviews, and she does appear to be…

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In A Hospital Hallway

To the man who sat next to me in a hospital hallway, We didn't talk, but we shared an hour of our lives. Not just any hour, but an hour that I’m sure felt like a lifetime for you as much as it did for me. We didn’t speak. We…

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Reading to Children

I am the first to admit that I think reading is boring. Especially children's books. Especially when my kids often want the same books read night after night. The only time that I read is when I want information, so I am interested about the topic and require an answer.…

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Why It’s All Worthwhile

I read this post “Why do parents make parenting sound so God-awful?” recently and then again on DailyLife under the title "Do parenting blogs put women off motherhood?" and I’ve heard childless friends express similar feelings, so I thought I’d throw a little glimmer of hope your way. I’ll start…

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Choosing the Right Contraception – The Contraception Paradox

Firstly, I’m going to talk about sex, contraception, my sex life and my sex drive, so, look away now, or consider yourself warned. I recently took a break from the pill (The mini-pill “Microlut” as I’m currently breastfeeding our daughter). Not to try to make a baby or anything exciting…

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